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GLENCOE PROMISES SNOW
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The ski centre is the latest in Scotland to guarantee an opening and closing date after buying a snowfactory.


 

The equipment is already on site and Glencoe has announced the resort will open on 1st December and close on 6th May.

It's been helped to buy the snow making equipment by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

HIE is providing £140,000 towards the £350,000 costs of acquiring the equipment from Italian firm, TechnoAlpin.

The same snowfactories were tried out on a pilot basis at Glencoe and two other Scottish ski areas - The Lecht and Cairngorm - last winter.

Glencoe launched a crowdfunding campaign to help it buy the factory.

Now all three have confirmed that they will have them permanently.

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HIE says it's a way of guaranteeing a start date to the season and will help maintain snow cover on some slopes when there is a lack of natural snow.

"The snowmaking equipment will give continuous cover over part of the hill which will benefit the business and safeguard and generate employment," it says.

Milder winters have had a direct impact on natural snow conditions at Glencoe, resulting in challenging conditions.

GlencoeSnowfactory manufactured snow at Glencoe in January

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow can be made by the snowfactory whatever the outside temperature.

"It's incredibly exciting to be making snow even when it's lashing down with rain knowing that for the first time ever in Scottish skiing we can guarantee what day we open (1st Dec) and what day we will close for the season (6th May)," said Andy Meldrum from GML.

"The value of this cannot be underestimated not only for our customers and the local economy as it will give visitors more confidence in planning trips and will provide huge benefits for our business and the local economy.

"We are extremely grateful to HIE and all our customers and local businesses who have helped make this possible."

The project is part of a wider programme by Glencoe Mountain Limted which includes the development of extra visitor accommodation, online ticketing and ski hire facilities.

The aim is to develop Glencoe as an all year-round attraction.

GlencoeGlencoe with natural snow - photo Conor Small

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Glencoe is a very popular skiing destination and an important part of Scotland's wider ski industry and tourism sector which provides valuable rural employment," said Alison Gainsford, HIE's head of business growth.

"Last year's trial of snow making technology at the centre was very successful, with very positive results.

"It will make a huge difference to customer confidence and visitor experience.

"Importantly it will also make the business more sustainable and provide job security for employees.

"Our investment means GML has been able to install the equipment sooner than would be the case otherwise and the facility is already up and running with snow being produced at the top of the hill."


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